IKHLÁS AND SIDQ – SINCERITY AND VERACITY
Majlis Extract of Hadhrat Maulana Maseeullah رحمه الله
Source: For Friends Part 23
[A beggar arrived and Hadhratjí ﺮﻤﺣة ﺎﻬﻠﻟ ﻊﻠﻴه gave him two rupís. After the beggar had left Hadhratjí ﺮﻤﺣة ﺎﻬﻠﻟ ﻊﻠﻴه started speaking. Very often a majlis would commence in this manner. Hadhratjí ﺮﻤﺣة ﺎﻬﻠﻟ ﻊﻠﻴه did not have any prepared notes that he started a majlis with. It often happened that somebody would ask a question or some incident would occur and this would then be the starting point of the majlis that followed, as happened on this occasion]
Be indebted to the beggar
Many beggars come here on a continuous basis. Alhamdulilláh, whatever Alláh Taʹálá grants taufíq for, I keep on giving.
Some tend to be very quarrelsome. They keep on coming regularly. I have told them that they should be happy with whatever I give them, whether I give them twenty or ten or five.
One should not boast of favours conferred on beggars. Alláh Taʹálá states:
O you who believe! Do not make your charity worthless by reproach and
injury (insult). S2.264
Explaining it in other words: O Muslims! Do not destroy the (thawáb) of your sadaqát by boasting about it and causing difficulties but rather consider it a favour of the beggar that, through him, we have been given the taufíq to give sadaqát. And we should
continuously ask Alláh Taʹálá for taufíq. The duʹá of Rasúlulláh ﺺىﻟ ﺎﻬﻠﻟ is as follows:
ﻼﻠّٰﻬﻣ ﻮﻔﻘﻨﻳ ﻢﻟا ﺢﺘﺑ ﻮﺗﺮﺿٰﻢﻧ ﻼﻗﻮﻟ وﻼﻌﻤﻟ وﻼﻔﻌﻟ
وﻼﻨﻳة وﻼهﺪى ﺎﻨآ ﻊﻠىٰﻚﻟ ﺶﻳء قﺪﻳر
O Alláh! Grant me the ability [to do] that which You love and are pleased with, be it a word, an act, a deed, an intention or a method [way]. Surely You have power over everything.
This is the statement of Rasúlulláh ﺺىﻟ ﺎﻬﻠﻟ ﻊﻠﻴه ﻮﺴﻠﻣ. So, we should continually ask for taufíq from Haqq Taʹálá. And we should feel indebted to the beggar. Otherwise, as it appears in the Hadíth Sharíf, such an era will also appear that the Muslims will go searching for people to give zakát to but will find no one who will accept the zakát.
That is why Haqq Taʹálá, at a different place, addresses the ashábe‐taqwá (the pious), as follows:
ﻒَﻟاَتُﺰَآﱡوْ ا ﺎَﻧْﻒُﺴَﻜُﻣْ ط ﻩُوَﺎَﻋﻞَﻣُْﺐِﻤَﻧِﺎﺘﱠﻘٰى
And do not claim purity for yourselves. He knows best about him who turns
away (from evil). S53.32
Do not consider yourself to be pious. Do not believe yourself to be holy. That only Alláh Taʹálá knows very well, who is really pious. It can be that, despite adopting taqwá, it is possible that there is included in it such an item of which you have no inkling of but which is in the knowledge of Haqq Taʹálá and which taints and spoils the taqwá. This knowledge will be with Alláh Taʹálá and not with us.
Ikhlás is no trifling thing, dear friend. It is a very elevated quality. By acting contrary to ikhlás, shierk has appeared, even though it is not shierk in iʹtiqád.
The Súfiyá‐e‐muhiqqiqín and mudiqqiqín have proof from the Qurʹán and Hadíth Sharíf for their claims. Haqq Taʹálá states:
And whoever hopes to meet his Lord, let him do righteous deeds and
associate no one in the worship of his Lord. S18.110
Note that here it is not stated, ʺin the worship of Alláhʺ, but what appears is, ʺin the worship of his Lord (Rabb)ʺ. There is a subtle point in this also.
So, just see: it is stated that do not associate any partner in the ’ibádat of your Rabb. The mufassirín have stated that here the word ʺshierkʺ actually refers to ʺriyáʺ (show). It is possible that in the ’ibádat of the muttaqí there is riyá that is khafí (concealed/ light). Just see: In this áyet there is an invitation to ikhlás. The translation of the áyet would be as follows: Whoever has hope of meeting his Rabb should perform pious deeds and not associate any partners in the ’ibádat of his Rabb.